Our eldest son, Keegan, is off to the army!
We had a sendoff party for him. I didn’t take as many photos as I had planned. I somehow forgot to get a photo with Keegan and his granddad and twoshooze (grandma). I don’t know how that happened. I will have to make sure to get some when he comes home for a visit.
I don’t think I will be able to bare him in his uniform. I will be a blubbering mess, I am certain of it.
Here’s Keeg with me, Der, his great-grandma Chris, aunt Cami, uncle Craig, and cousin Cassie.
Keegan and his brothers. Taking photos of the 4 of them together is tough. They are all jokesters. When I would get 3 of them to make nice faces, inevitably one would have to be a goofball and make a funny face. I was literally begging them to cooperate. I think they secretly loved having me at their mercy.
As you can see, I did manage to get some sweet ones. They are all so handsome. I am so grateful for them. I have immeasurable love for them and appreciate how very different, yet similar they each are. For all of their bickering and fighting, it’s clear that they have mad love for each other and that warms my heart to the max.
After behaving for the camera, they let loose.
Our little boy, isn’t so little.
I love this one! His expression is perfect!
Never too old for mama’s love!
I don’t have words that adequately express my excitement and pride, with just a scoach of fear thrown in for our beautiful boy.
He is off to become a man. He is about to learn valuable skills that will serve him well throughout his life. He will travel and see the world and will make amazing memories. He will meet new people and forge bonds that will bear lifelong friendships. He will be pushed to grow mentally and physically and will tap into strengths he never knew he had.
I hope he comes back a stronger, wiser version of his already wonderful self. I hope he knows how much we love him and believe in him.
It will not be easy, but the best lessons in life never are.
We love you forever and always, Keegan, and can’t wait for your safe return!